Michigan community welcomes 8-year-old cancer battling home for the holidays

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LINDEN, Mich. (WJRT) – Brinley Jungnitsch, 8, has been in Memphis, Tennessee for 6 months fighting cancer for the third time.

At just four years old, Brinley was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. She has traveled across the country for treatment since then, but tonight she’s back as local firefighters, police, neighbors and family l ‘helped guide her home.

Just before 9 p.m., the Jungnitsch family opened their Linden Street for the first time in 6 months. They were waiting for them was a street filled with a cheering team, including several fire departments and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, just for the 8-year-old battling cancer.

“They’ve been gone 6 months, she’s beaten cancer for the third time so we welcome her to our home and are extremely happy to see her back here with us for the holidays,” said Tom Evans, a friend of the family. .

“It’s a Christmas miracle, we can’t say how much we appreciate everyone for showing up and showing their support,” Evans said.

When the family pulled into the driveway, they saw another surprise gift… Christmas lights decorating their home put down by those supporting them in their fight.

“To have so much support and so much love for her,” said Jessica Jungnitsch. “I’m so proud of her that she inspires so much. Like she brought together so many people from all over and she was just awesome, everyone is awesome. This community has been great since we went back to the hospital… schools, everyone.

Brinley and his family just learned yesterday that they could go home and spend the vacation in Michigan. And there is so much that they can’t wait to be back home.

“In July, she has been in the hospital since May,” Jessica said. “So, I don’t know it’s gonna be great sleeping in our own beds tonight, seeing all of our friends and family…”

“And my boyfriend,” the chime said to Brinley.

It will definitely be an unforgettable Christmas for the family and they are planning to spend it doing something they haven’t been able to do in a while… relax and be home and be with family and friends.